The 65 foot long fishing vessel Challenge sank at New Bedford, Massachusetts. The vessel had sunk by the stern during the early morning hours releasing diesel fuel and lube oil into the water. A tugboat alerted authorities of the sunken fishing vessel and the pollution release. Authorities placed booms around the Challenge and used absorbent pads to collect as much pollution as possible within the booms. Reports state the diesel slick reached some 1.5 miles into Fairhaven. No reports of injuries.
On August 16, the 19 meter long, 43 gt fishing vessel Challenge became disabled off Nantucket, Massachussets. The Challenge had gone adrift after it had fouled it’s propeller with a line. The Coast Guard was alerted with two cutters dispatched to the scene. The cutter Escanaba arrived and took the Challenge under tow. A few hours latter the cutter Hammerhead took over the tow back to port of New Bedford. A tug took over the tow the following day and took the Challenge into the harbor. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the Challenge was loaded with 650 pounds of scallops at the time of the incident.